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MORALS.                                  181
Cyrus, who was possessed of wisdom, modera­tion, courage, magnanimity, and noble senti­ments, and who employed them all to promote the happiness of his people—of Scipio, in whose actions the virtues of generosity and liberality, goodness, gentleness, justice, magnanimity, and chastity, shone with distinguished lustre—and of Damon and Pythias, who were knit together in the bonds of a friendship which all the ter­rors of an ignominious death could not dissolve. but of all the characters of the heathen world. illustrious for virtue. Aristides appears to stand in the foremost rank. An extraordinary great­ness of soul, says Rollin, made him superior to every passion. Interest, pleasure, ambition, re­sentment, jealousy, were extinguished in him by the love of virtue and his country. The merit of others, instead of offending him. lie-came his own by the approbation he gave it. He rendered the government of the Athenians amiable to their allies, by his mildness, good­ness, humanity, raid justice. The disinterest­edness he showed in the management of the public treasure, and the love of poverty, which he carried almost to an excess, are virtues so far superior to the practice of our age, that they scarce seem credible to us. His conduct and principles were always uniform, steadfast in the 16
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